From the September 2010 magazine.


Former Trustee-at-Large Dean R. presented the following talk on Tradition Nine at a 1998 General Sharing Session

IT is impossible to contemplate that AA, as such, ought never be organized, but when we create service boards and committees directly responsible for those they serve, there are really no rules and no laws; services provided are dictated by the needs of others.

The opening line of Tradition Nine, as reflected in the writings of Bill W. in an August 1948 Grapevine editorial, sets forth: "The lease possible organization, that's our universal ideal. No fees, no dues, no rules imposed on anybody."

-- DEAN R.

El Reno, Okla.

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